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Ex-PM Borut Pahor Wins Slovenian Presidential Election

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Left-wing former Prime Minister Borut Pahor has won Slovenia’s presidential election by a landslide. Official results give Mr. Pahor 67 percent of the vote in Sunday’s second round election, to incumbent President Danilo Turk’s 33 percent. Mr. Pahor also won the first round on November 11. He called his win a time of new hope […]

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Egyptian Judges to Boycott Referendum on Islamist-Backed Constitution

Posted December 2nd, 2012 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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An influential group of Egyptian judges says it will not oversee a December 15 referendum on a new constitution, a move that could undermine the legitimacy of the charter supported by the nation’s Islamist president. In a statement published Sunday by state news agency MENA, the Judges Club said its members unanimously agreed to boycott […]

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Kuwaitis Vote in Poll Boycotted by Opposition

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The polls have closed in a divisive Kuwaiti election held under a new electoral law that triggered an opposition boycott. Witnesses say turnout Saturday appeared lighter than usual in several districts. Voters were choosing candidates for all 50 of the Gulf emirate’s parliament seats. The opposition said the vote favors supporters of the Western-backed emir, […]

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Egypt’s Morsi Sets Date for Referendum on New Constitution

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has set a date of December 15 for a national referendum on a controversial new constitution that has sparked large protests. Mr. Morsi announced the date after Egypt’s Islamist-dominated assembly handed its final draft of the constitution to him late Saturday. The draft constitution retains the principles of Islamic law as […]

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Clinton: Israel Settlement Expansion ‘Sets Back’ Peace Bid

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has criticized Israel’s announcement that it intends to build 3,000 settler homes in in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, following the Palestinian Authority’s successful United Nations recognition bid. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the Obama administration, like previous administrations, has been “very clear with Israel that these […]

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Egyptians Protest Draft Constitution, State Court On Strike

Posted November 30th, 2012 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people are demonstrating in Egypt and state courts have gone on strike to protest the decree giving President Mohamed Morsi extraordinary powers as well as a draft constitution approved by an Islamist panel. Protesters gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for an eighth straight day of demonstrations against President Morsi, as an Islamist-dominated panel […]

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UN General Assembly Approves Palestinian Status Upgrade

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state with non-member observer status. There was jubiliation on the floor of the assembly after the resolution was approved Thursday by a vote of 138-to-9, with 41 nations abstaining. Palestinians in Ramallah erupted in wild cheers, hugging each other and honking horns after […]

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Militant Commander in NW Pakistan

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber attacked a prominent militant commander in northwest Pakistan Thursday, wounding him and killing at least six people. Officials say Maulvi Nazir was one of at least 12 people hurt in the Thursday’s blast in Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal agency. Nazir is the main militant commander in South […]

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Top Egyptian Courts Suspend Work as Protests Continue

Posted November 28th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Egyptians continued their demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi for a sixth day as at least three of Egypt’s highest courts said they would suspend work in protest of his sweeping decrees. In a move that could help resolve the political crisis, the assembly drafting a new constitution said it would complete work on […]

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Explosions in Damascus Kill 34

Posted November 28th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Twin car bombs have ripped through a suburb in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing at least 34 people. Activists say the blasts Wednesday targeted the Jermana suburb, which is mostly populated by Christians and Druse. Television footage shows firemen hosing down the remains of charred vehicles. Debris from the blasts was scattered about the street. […]

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